This brief provides recommendations and guidance for practitioners and policy makers who have responsibility for CHW programmes. It suggests some ways that their workforce may be affected by gender norms and recommends what actions can betaken to address them.
The ways in which gender roles and relations shape heath experiences and access to services emerged as a key theme. Community Health Workers also used photovoice to demonstrate how they negotiate gendered and cultural norms within their communities to promote better health. This booklet explores how gender shapes livelihoods, risks, experiences of pregnancy and health seeking behaviour.
To extend financing coverage to the poor and vulnerable, Kenya has implemented several pro-poor health policy reforms since 2013: 1) The introduction of a free maternity programme 2) The abolition of user fees in public primary healthcare facilities (dispensaries and health centers) 3) The introduction of a Health Insurance Subsidy Programme (HISP) for the poor. Health inequity has mainly been […]
To make universal health coverage (UHC) truly universal we need an approach which places gender and power at the centre of our analysis. This means we need a discussion about who is included, how health is defined, what coverage entails and whether equity is ensured. Gender affects both vulnerability to illness and access to health care. Gender influences […]
The use of mHealth within health systems research is increasing, but few projects have taken into account the connections between gender and mHealth. In many societies women have lower literacy and less access to technology and other resources. Women are also not encouraged to be inquisitive about health. mHealth interventions can lead to increased domestic conflict […]
Gender analysis is an important component for health systems research. It reveals how power relations create inequalities in health system needs, experiences, and outcomes among women, men, and people of other genders. Incorporating gender analysis into existing programmes can be challenging. Researchers: Struggle to understanding the relevance of gender analysis Assume that a focus on women […]
Women account for the vast majority of the global health workforce, but they are under-represented in leadership positions. Gender inequity restricts entry into the health sector, career progression, access to professional education opportunities, and motivation. The effects of war Gender disparities in health leadership are also prevalent in post-conflict settings, where incentives to motivate health workers, particularly women, to continue working […]
This brief describes how RinGs worked with the ReBUILD Research Programme Consortium to stimulate and embed gendered research within the partnership. It includes detail on how the collaboration fostered new ways of knowing and framing problems in health systems research. How it provided channels of capacity development on gender and intersectionality analysis. How it influenced […]
This brief explores how the concept and theory of intersectionality has impacted the work within Future Health Systems, one of four Research Project Consortia within the RinGs partnership. Intersectional analysis in health systems research is in its infancy. Future Health Systems’ and RinGs’ work in this area has been pioneering, simultaneously building capacity to understand the thinking that underpins this theory whilst […]
This brief explores ways in which male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) could be strengthened in Nigeria. PMTCT services offered to women in Nigeria include: ante-natal care, basic information about HIV transmission and prevention; HIV counselling and testing; prevention of unintended pregnancy; and antiretroviral treatment. A lack of male involvement is considered a key challenge to the uptake of PMTCT. […]